The latest episode of Raw came to us live from Tampa Bay, Fla.!
Tonight we witnessed Kevin Nash's return to the ring, "Mr. Excitement" and boy scout John earning his "Good Deed" badge.
As I do every Monday night following Raw, I present the "Top Questions Going Forward."
These questions are meant to stimulate conversation and give us pause so we can examine current storylines.
Shall we have it?
On one of the commercial breaks there was a local promo for the Dec. 19 edition of Raw that will be live here in Philadelphia. The commercial promoted a triple threat match among John Cena, Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk for the WWE Championship.
This ad perked my curiosity since “WWE TLC” is the night before. Why would Del Rio or Cena get a title shot if CM Punk wins at TLC? Can you say spoilers?
Anything can happen of course, but it seems unrealistic that Alberto Del Rio would get ANOTHER match for the title if he loses at TLC. Is it possible that Del Rio wins the pay-per-view match and CM Punk gets his rematch clause match the next night on Raw?
This is all speculation, but you have to admit that the match being promoted on the Dec. 19 episode of Raw seems odd to have the night after TLC.
What could this mean for the outcome of the match between the Miz, CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio at TLC?
Social Experiments. Excuses. Justifications.
Call it what you may, but what I heard tonight on Raw was that apparently the real reason John Cena is getting booed is because of the Rock’s immense popularity.
So the WWE’s answer to Cena getting booed is to make excuses for it?
After months of Cena coming out to mixed reactions, the WWE has been doing everything in their power to sway fans back to the Cena bandwagon.
First, Cena began to ride the coat tails of Zack Ryder, which I also understand benefits Ryder. Then Mick Foley demanded the fans show more respect to Cena. Next we had Roddy Piper try to find out if Cena is upset about being booed.
When you have two very different audiences, it is safe to say that you just cannot please everyone. Cena’s persona is built to appease the younger fans, therefore the older fans will resent him.
Half of John Cena’s fans were not born when the Rock was even wrestling, so I do not think you can blame the booing on that.
Personally, I do not understand why the subject of John Cena being booed is even in the spotlight. Are these excuses being made to reassure the kids that John Cena is still the best even though half of the audience loathes him?
I boo John Cena because he has become stagnant, boring and predictable. I do not hate Cena and have often written how I respect his contributions, but when you come out every week and do the same things over and over, it becomes repetitive. Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan and many others went through the same thing during their careers.
Does anything get accomplished by constantly making up reasons for John Cena being booed?
Forget the fact that we have seen dozens of Divas matches end in “surprise” rollups, I just want to know when we will see someone besides Eve, Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Kelly Kelly and Alicia Fox in a meaningful match.
There is no storyline or purpose when it comes to the Diva’s division. Every week there is a match on Raw and it really does not matter who wins.
After months of watching the same matches every ,I keep waiting for a conclusion or a climax but nothing new ever happens.
How about a match to determine the No. 1 contender without some hokey gimmick attached to the match?
My gut feeling tells me that because of Kelly Kelly’s rollup victory over Beth Phoenix tonight, she will get a title shot at TLC. I also predict she will win the belt back, because she needs something to hold up in the air as she walks down the aisle.
I honestly feel embarrassed to call myself a Div’s fan. The writers do not even care enough to write BAD storylines, let alone good ones. Instead they just have tag-team matches every Raw with some combination of the above-mentioned five women.
Does anyone even care about the Divas right now?
Zack Ryder is finally getting his wish to face Dolph Ziggler at TLC for the United States Championship. The only question that remains is “What took so long?”
The idea of John Cena vs. Zack Ryder with No. 1 contender slots on the line made their match very intriguing. Ryder lost and I respected the decision; Cena was the better man and deserved his title shot as per his victory over Ryder.
What happened next made me root against Zack Ryder.
What did Ryder do when Cena went to help him off the mat? He shoved Cena and whined about how “this was his shot” and he lost. Are you serious, bro?
I was okay with the online petition angle considering how popular Ryder is on the Internet. However, he looks like a baby when John Cena has to win his battles for him.
I agree that Ryder should have been given a match at Survivor Series, but let’s not forget that Ryder lost to Dolph Ziggler at “Vengeance” with the U.S. title on the line. It is not as if he has never been given an opportunity against Ziggler.
For months, I had been hoping the WWE would “ride” Zack Ryder’s popularity and give him the U.S. title, but they didn’t. After waiting so long, I find myself not caring as much.
I also do not want to see Ryder being pushed down our throats by Cena in the same way that Cena is pushed down our throats by WWE Creative.
The rivalry between Ziggler and Ryder should have been enough to warrant a title match at a major PPV. Unfortunately it took John Cena’s blatant interference and Ryder’s tears to get the match created.
I may be alone on this, but I just think the WWE missed the full potential in Zack Ryder’s character when they had John Morrison fight at Survivor Series instead of Ryder.
Anyone else starting not to care as much about Long Island Iced Z? If so, why not?
John Cena demanded a title match against CM Punk, then he insisted Zack Ryder get a chance to fight for the U.S. title and then finally he interfered in Ryder’s match to ensure he got his United States Championship match.
In fact, since John Cena enjoys making matches and determining their outcomes, I think he should not only be the GM but also the lead writer for the WWE Creative team.
Even when Cena is not in the WWE Championship picture, he finds a way to dominate screen time more than any superstar on the roster. I am fully aware that Cena does not book himself on Raw, but when he is involved in every other segment I begin to wonder.
Was it necessary for John Cena to beat Zack Ryder and then make the “ultimate sacrifice” by giving up his WWE title shot so Ryder could get another chance at the U.S. title?
Why does John Cena have to be the ultimate good guy when Ryder could have beat Cena and had a great TV moment? That was Cena’s chance to put over young talent and he failed.
Then when Ryder finally gets a chance to redeem himself, John Cena runs down and steals the spotlight by knocking out Mark Henry and throwing Zack Ryder on top for the win. I have written about it and will continue to do so: Cena is using Ryder’s popularity to stay relevant.
I will always give kudos to Randy Orton who continues to put over other wrestlers so they can also advance. I think it would have been really nice to see John Cena do the same for Zack Ryder tonight.
Instead of Ryder defeating a former WWE Champion, John Cena had to come down and defeat his opponent for him.
Do we just need a break from John Cena for a while? Is it time to let some of the other superstars grow without John Cena stealing the spotlight consistently?
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Keep it Classic, everyone!